I really can’t complain too loud. My job is good. I enjoy the people with whom I work, and I have the privilege of being able to mostly create my direction as I go. This is vital.
I did a lot of exploration during my time away. I explored the inner and outer worlds, often simultaneously. I explored stretching all of my senses and intuitions and aesthetics. I pushed my introverted tendencies in order to reach out to some very creative souls. I explored crazy.
Have you ever explored crazy?
Everyone should explore crazy at least once in a lifetime. It gives you some valuable perspective. It may also redefine a few things for you.
I have found a new balance and some creative energy to do further explorations in this familiar reality.
This is not typically where I go in these posts. My dating life is nothing to write about. But in this case, I’m writing about the experience because I did a first for a long time.
I tried to impress a woman.
We were having a good talk, even exploring some philosophical ideas. I was probably blathering about how much I enjoyed my recent photography project.
“It’s about telling a story.” I said this in earnest.
She laughed and smiled and challenged me. “Tell a story with your drink and this water cup.”
I pulled out my camera and arranged the subjects. I call it “First Date.”
I’m beginning to see improvement in my photography skills.
My recent photography road trip through the southwest was an inspiring and enriching adventure. I learned a few important, and maybe obvious, truths for me:
- I don’t much like to travel by car, but realize that it’s absolutely necessary if you really want to see and know a vast place from the ground up.
- Travel is an essential way for us humans to gain better understanding of each other and our shared world.
- There are many quite talented artists in the world who are generous with their knowledge, insights, and encouragement.
- Photography is less about capturing an image, and more about telling a story.
I expect that my photo evolution will continue and my learning will never cease. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The creative vibe is quite alive, in Santa Fe.
I walked Canyon Road one day and binged on a broad range of art. I talked to some of the local artists and heard stories told in so many colorful and deep ways.
I committed to going to Tent Rocks based on a relatively obscure blog post on a photography blog I particularly like.
I left early. The morning sky was glorious. But the hike was hot and not a walk in the park for me. It was also more populated than would be my preference. It was also an awesome hike!